Israeli panel wants vote in June instead of July
The Israeli Knesset's Legal Committee voted Tuesday to hold the next general elections June 30 instead of July 7 as initially proposed by Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Leaders of the opposition Labor Party said Israel's economic crisis, with inflation running at an annual rate of 135 percent, necessitated a national election as quickly as possible. Other opposition parties charged that Mr. Begin's rightwing coalition government had chosen the later date to enable it to complete its plan to establish more Israeli settlements in th e occupied West Bank.